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Kawai Q80 (1989) digital MIDI sequencer
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:39:29 PM »

Kawai Q80

Type: Workstation/ module/
Synthesis Type:
Max: 32
Typical in use:
Multi-timbral (number of parts): 16
Controllers :
Keyboard :
Number of Keys :
Can send on 16 simultaneous MIDI channels
Responds to :
Sounds can be split by :
Inputs and Outputs :
Number of Audio Outs (excluding Phones) :
Number of Audio Ins :
Number of MIDI Outs (excluding Thru) : 1
Number of MIDI Ins : 1
 Memory :
Number of Notes :
Number of Patterns :
Number of songs : 10

Cool features :
mute buttons on front panel, great for just jamminglike cubase in a black box ;)


Kawai's late '80s flurry of hi-tech equipment included such gems as the K1 synth and the R50 drum machine (see Part 1 of this feature in last month's SOS) -- and a hardware sequencer, the Q80. Though nothing really novel stands out about this unit, it's comprehensively and solidly specified, and offers the convenience of a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive. In addition to sequencing duties, the Q80 is also well suited to the odd bit of MIDI SysEx storage, as it has 64K of internal memory set aside specifically for SysEx data (separated into ten files). All the functions you'd expect of a hardware sequencer are present, and the provision of two MIDI Outs gives you access to 32 fully independent MIDI channels. One of the programming features, 'Motif', is very neat. Up to 100 drum machine-like patterns can be inserted anywhere you like in a song -- and any section of a song can itself be turned into a Motif. The use of Motifs makes the construction of finished tracks a fast and intuitive process.

At a second-hand price of around £150 or less, the Q80 is a neat, smart-looking sequencer with enough features to satisfy even the more demanding musician.


• Tracks: 32.
• Note Capacity: 26,000 notes.
• Resolution: 96ppqn.
• Storage: Floppy disk.
• Target price: £150.
• SOS Review: February 1989.

The Q-80 is a 32-track sequencer with 26,000-note capacity and a built-in 3.5" disk drive. Extensive and complete editing, real-time and step recording and quantizing with up to 10 songs. A new "motif" function allows up to 100 stored musical phrases or "motifs" for use or insertion into a song at any time. The Q-80 works well in the studio and for live performances. The Q-80 can also store MIDI system exclusive data to disk from other synths. (1988)

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